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With over 12,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday, California — the most populous state — passed New York’s previous record total. Over 7,000 Californians are hospitalized from the virus.
As the death rate climbs, so does the number of new coronavirus cases with the United States nearing 4 million cases during the pandemic.
Workers at Southeastern Veterans’ Center in Philadelphia failed to take proper safety precautions to protect its residents during the pandemic, according to health inspectors. 42 people have died at the facility. Other COVID-related news is on: the high death rate of Filipino Americans; health care worker dangers; and attacks against Pennsylvania’s health secretary.
Among the reporting on schools: Detroit will test summer school students; three DC-area school districts reverse course to start fully online in the fall; and why the littlest seem at lower risk.
Back-and-forth negotiations Tuesday between the White House and Senate Republicans yielded little agreement — but a lot of ire — over the scope and cost of the next pandemic funding legislation.
Duval County Sheriff Mike Williams, a Republican, says a lack of plans and funding for the Jacksonville event are troubling. Plus, other news from Kentucky, Maryland and Illinois.
Montana deals with a care facility outbreak, while additional news on the coronavirus comes from Indiana, Nebraska, Oregon, Nevada, Washington, Texas and Louisiana.
Hotel groups filed a lawsuit in San Francisco citing concerns about exposure to contaminated surfaces, and hospital staff in Santa Rosa, Calif., are protesting over inadequate protection and proposed pay cuts. Other news on workers from Michigan and Washington, as well.
Always a menace, mosquitoes are not going to pass along the coronavirus, a group of scientists say. But they remain a public health scourge throughout the country.
Meanwhile, Kansas instructs teachers and students to mask up when schools reopen; Catholic schools in St. Louis aim for in-person classes starting in August; and the big experiment that is schools reopening.
The lawsuit, filed by Democratic state attorneys general on Monday, alleges that a federal rule by the Trump administration in June “arbitrarily and unlawfully strips health care rights” from the LGBTQ community, pregnant women and others.
While common ground with Democrats is still far off, disagreements remain between the Trump administration and congressional Republican leaders after a White House meeting. At issue is money for virus testing, schools and payroll taxes while a surprise billing measure appears to be off the table.
Cases in Florida continue to escalate while stats indicate California may be stabilizing. Meanwhile, CNN examines how progress in California so quickly reversed since Memorial Day.
Also in the news: why a COVID test is like a pregnancy test; scientists discover six different types of the disease; and the question of who should pay the tab for testing.
The data out of South Korea adds yet another complexity to the difficult decision of whether to open schools. Also, more than 80 infants test positive in one Texas county.
In other news about testing and the administration: California Gov. Gavin Newsom was reportedly told to appeal directly to President Donald Trump and to thank him if Newsom wanted help in getting more testing swabs. And Colorado’s governor calls the national testing situation a “complete disgrace.”
COVID news from Florida, California, Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Ohio and Louisiana.
Over 140,000, or a quarter of the total COVID-19 deaths, were in the U.S. Case counts continue to accelerate to record or near-record levels in California, Florida and Kentucky.
With coronavirus cases escalating in California’s two largest cities, Los Angeles and San Francisco leaders take steps to freeze or reverse reopening efforts. And Rose Parade organizers announce the Jan. 1, 2021 event will not take place.
The Trump administration announced this week that hospitals should now report data about coronavirus patients, supplies and bed capacity directly to the Department of Health and Human Services, rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In other health industry news, Georgia revised its request for changes to the insurance marketplace, and doctors and employers team up to offer a new health care payment model.